Bead Jewelry 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction
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Written for the absolute beginner, Bead Jewelry 101 is filled with thorough instructions and step-by-step photographs that expertly guide you through the basics of making bead jewelry. Authors Ann and Karen Mitchell are a dynamic team of jewelry designers who will teach you all about the tools and materials while showing you how to use them. Project chapters are organized by different jewelry parts, called findings, so you will learn new techniques and build new skills with every piece of jewelry you create. You'll find 30 easy projects for making endless jewelry designs, and variations of the projects will give you great ideas and lead you in new directions as you learn to design your own jewelry. Learn to make bead jewelry in a few hours and enjoy the rewards for a lifetime with Bead Jewelry 101!
shapes of beads • How to combine assorted drops together for a cluster look • How to find a solution to using beads with different size holes • How to create texture in a design WHAT YOU’LL NEED TOOLS • Chain-nose or round-nose pliers • Wire cutters MATERIALS • 7 1/4" (18.4 cm) gold-tone medium oval loop and connector chain (1/2" [6 mm] loops) (adjust for wrist size see page 31) • 10 oz box Jewelry Essentials Naturals wood and shell bead mix • Thirty-two 1-1/2" (3.8 cm) gold-tone
each other with the beaded edges to the outside, and use a jump ring with one bead to connect the two chains together through a set of double rings from each chain. Make sure you attach corresponding double rings, or the bracelet will be uneven once both sides are linked together. The base structure of these earrings is a series of graduated lengths of the single-and double-ring chain in gunmetal jump rings that are all the same size, attached to a simple round hoop component. E-beads are
to only have two strands pass through the earring loop instead of four. Create beaded hoops by running the cable strands through the crimp tube in opposite directions, then form the hanging loop with only one strand by bending it in the opposite direction over the top of the crimp tube, and inserting it back through the tube. Once a loop is formed, crimp the bead flat with chain-nose pliers instead of crimp pliers, parallel to the surface of the loop, and trim off the excess cable. This
wire, and beads can be added as additional decoration. The wire can show as part of the design element or be completely covered in beads. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN • How to do a simple wire wrap • How to add beads as embellishment • How to make a wire-wrapped loop WHAT YOU’LL NEED TOOLS • Chain-nose pliers • Wire cutters • Ruler MATERIALS • 3' (.9 m) silver-tone wire (24 gauge) • Six rice-shaped freshwater pearls • Seven potato-shaped freshwater pearls • One doughnut-shaped shell How
bead of E-6000 glue (pg. 152) to make a line down the center of the back of the square filigree. Place the pin back with the hinged end toward the top tip of the square in the line of glue. Press in place and allow the glue to dry. 2 Place a bead cap with the indentation facing up on a headpin. Add one Indian glass fiorato bead, another cap that cups over the top of the bead, and an e-bead. Make a 1/8" (3 mm) loop at the top and trim excess wire. Repeat this to make two other fiorato drops,